South Carolina Trade Secrets: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Definition: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), South Carolina Code Annotated (S.C. Code Ann.) 30-4-40

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General: S.C. Code Ann. 44-56-80

Air: South Carolina Code of Regulations (R.) 61-62.70.5(a)(3)

Water: R. 61-9.403.14

Denial of confidentiality: R. 61-9.505.7

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits: R. 61-72-701

Waste: R. 61-79.270.12

Underground injection: R. 61-87.13(S)

Pesticides: S.C. Code Ann. 46-13-40(K)(1)

Fertilizer: S.C. Code Ann. 46-25-860

Safety: R. 71-111 and R. 71-1100 to 71-1108

Inspections: R. 71-1104

Regulatory Agencies

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Land, Water and Conservation Division

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) Division of Labor Office of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)

South Carolina Department of Agriculture (DOA)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. South Carolina follows federal law protecting trade secrets, with additional regulations governing air and water pollution control, underground injection, and pesticides information. See the national section TRADE SECRETS, the state section AUDITS, and contact the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) for guidance.

South Carolina allows public access to all nonconfidential administrative records in the possession of state agencies. South Carolina has developed regulations for the protection of confidential business information submitted in permit applications, monitoring reports, and other documents.

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